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Charles Hancock

Senior Associate, Private Client

Charles is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team.

He acts for UK and international clients, from individuals and families, to trustees and beneficiaries, advising on all aspects of capital tax planning and succession issues.

Charles advises the owners of landed estates on how to hold and retain family assets and businesses and the effective transfer to successive generations. He provides strategic advice, putting in place structures to maximise agricultural and business property relief, and has a particular interest in heritage property taxation. Charles also advises entrepreneurs and international families, creating and administering trusts, partnerships and other corporate vehicles, which often involve cross-border tax issues and assets in multiple jurisdictions.

Alongside his non-contentious work, Charles advises on contentious matters, assisting with the resolution of disputes relating to trusts and estates both in a UK and international context, and consequently is able to provide holistic and commercial advice.

Charles graduated from Bristol University with a degree in History. He trained at Taylor Wessing, qualified as a Solicitor in 2017 and joined Forsters in 2019.

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